ELK MILLS, Md. (TCD) -- Five people were found dead in a Cecil County home Friday after a man reportedly called 911 to report the shooting.
According to the Cecil County Sheriff's Office, on Friday, Sept. 9, at 9:19 a.m., deputies responded to a residence on Hebron Court in Elk Mills after receiving the 911 call from the male. Deputies arrived 10 minutes later at 9:29 a.m. and found an "unresponsive subject inside of the detached garage."
Deputies reportedly located a semi-automatic handgun near the man's body and said it appears all of the victims died from gunshot wounds.
As deputies made their way into the residence, they discovered four more deceased individuals "in various locations inside the residence."
Due to the shooting, four schools nearby were reportedly placed on Code Yellow, which the Sheriff's Office described as a "heightened state of awareness."
The Cecil County Sheriff's Office said detectives were executing a search and seizure warrant at the home as part of their active investigation. There was reportedly no history of calls at the residence, either.
The victims have not been publicly identified because the Sheriff's Office said they are working on contacting next of kin for the adult male.
According to WJZ-TV, the three juveniles who were killed were in 5th, 7th, and 8th grades. The victims' dog and two cats were reportedly placed in the care of Cecil County Animal Services.
An adult female was reportedly shot on the first floor of the home while the three children were found dead upstairs.
The Cecil County Sheriff's Office says Maryland State Police are assisting in the investigation.